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Time Must Have a Stop
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Sebastian Barnack, a handsome English schoolboy, goes to Italy for the summer, and there his real education begins. His teachers are two quite different men: Bruno Rontini, the saintly bookseller, who teaches him about things spiritual; and Uncle Eustace, who introduces him to life's profane pleasures. The novel that Aldous Huxley himself thought was his most successful at "fusing idea with story," Time Must Have a Stop is part of Huxley's lifelong attempt to explore the dilemmas of twentieth-century man and to create characters who, though ill-equipped to solve the dilemmas, all go stumbling on in their painfully serious comedies (in this novel we have the dead atheist who returns in a seance to reveal what he has learned after death but is stuck with a second-rate medium who garbles his messages). Time Must Have a Stop is one of Huxley's finest achievements.
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A brilliant performance.--Edmund Wilson Time Must Have a Stopexhibits Mr. Huxley's learning, his gift for limericks, an acute senseof the craft of poetry and a genuine power of modern poetic phrase, aflow of ribald expression and more than a feast of dark and desperateconclusions about sex. Extraordinary erudition, nasty wit, nihilism . . . a prime performance. The book is exciting because it is talented . . . an engagingly advanced accomplishment. --Thomas Mann A brilliant performance. --Edmund Wilson Time Must Have a Stop exhibits Mr. Huxley's learning, his gift for limericks, an acute sense of the craft of poetry and a genuine power of modern poetic phrase, a flow of ribald expression and more than a feast of dark and desperate conclusions about sex.

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